Saturday, 14 July 2012 18:55
Deon Lendore has made giant strides since taking up a scholarship at Texas A&M University, in the United States. His 400 metres personal best improved from 46.50 seconds in 2011 to 45.13 in 2012. In fact, this has been such an outstanding season for the 19-year-old quarter-miler that the 12 fastest times so far in his career have been produced in the four-month period between February 25 and June 23.
Lendore captured the Big 12 Conference Championship indoor/outdoor men’s 400 double for Texas A&M, securing the indoor title in 46.33 seconds and outdoor gold in 45.13. The freshman followed up on his Big 12 successes by reaching the final at the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division 1 Outdoor Track and Field Championships, in Iowa. He finished eighth in the championship race in 45.63 seconds.
Lendore has also proven to be a superb anchorman in the 4 x 400 metres relay. He anchored Texas A&M to Big 12 Outdoor Championship victory and Trinidad and Tobago to a national record - three minutes, 00.45 seconds – at the National Championships in Port of Spain.